As a Rabbi in South Florida, I am frequently asked by students, congregants and clients what the difference is between kindness and compassion? Have you ever thought that there was a difference? I didn’t for a long time and probably never would have if I were not asked that question by a teacher of mine.
I sat there and thought it was a trick question. This was before smart phones, I pads, Google, etc., so I had no electronic device to search out the answer. Many answers were given and the teacher patiently acknowledged them all and kept asking. There were finally no more attempts and he shared his understanding of the difference.
In my capacity as a Sober Coach and Spiritual Counselor, I have been able to help people in recovery from an addiction, trauma, divorce, etc. begin to take an inventory of their behavior in relation to the difference. Kindness gives to another and compassion knows no other. Stop and think for a moment how powerful that distinction is.
Kindness is an action between one and another and compassion is a state of being. It is possible for me to perform many acts of kindness and still not have a compassionate soul, but once I elevate my soul to a permanent state of compassion, I will only be able perform acts of kindness.
My prayer for you today is that you move from acts of kindness to a state of compassion.
Modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events.
If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.
Hugs and blessings for a joyous day! Happy Passover and Easter to all:)